Where in the Bible are we told in one verse not to do a thing and in the next to do it?
‘Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.’
--Prov. xxvi. 4.‘Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.’---Samuel Grant Oliphant, Queer Questions and Ready Replies, 1887.
--Prov. xxvi. 5.
I don't know the answer to the question I posed in the title; there may be a subtext or translation subtletly that is not evident in the brief excerpt. Someone with a theological training or a better understanding of Proverbs may be able to explain this apparent discrepancy.
Found in the Futility Closet.